About Blinman

View of Blinman from the Mine

View of Blinman from the Mine

Mining and the history and development of South Australia are closely connected; this is more so the case in relation to the development of townships in the Flinders Ranges; Blinman being one of these towns. In 2012 we celebrated 150 years of the mine and of Blinman itself. History, heritage, culture and values are inextricably linked. Without the working mines of the past and the desires of those people in the 19th century who struggled to make a living through minerals in our region, our heritage, culture, values and our lives would be different.

Blinman Mine or Wheal Blinman as it was called in 1862 was a working copper mine between the years of 1862 and 1907. At the peak of its operation Blinman township had a population of approximately 1500. Today Blinman has a permanent population of just 18, plus the residents of the surrounding pastoral properties.

Blinman is a truly historic town with a unique heritage and character; it is also a living town. Blinman would not be called Blinman without Robert (Pegleg) Blinman, who as a shepherd working on Angorichina Station, discovered copper, at what is still the site of the mine today.

The Blinman Heritage Tourist Mine opened in April 2011. The mine office is located in the centre of town. It has been set up with historic photos and information and has a range of souvenirs for sale. The mine office also provides an information service to tourists on Blinman and the surrounding areas and is the first port of call for those wishing to go underground. The Blinman underground experience offers a unique journey into the heart of an historic copper mine. With the installation of an innovative sound and light system;  which includes storytelling, light boxes, music, a mix of theatre and mining history and experienced tour guides, it transports people back in time, to the lives of the miners and their families during the second half of the 19th century.

Because the Blinman Heritage Mine was set up by local volunteers, who raised money and did all the work, they share a strong affiliation with the success of the Mine Tour. We offer our visitors the opportunity to experience life in a small outback town, one that has struggled to survive but shows its determination to move forward.  The Mine is our cultural heritage and encourages us to have a different perspective and understanding and so enriches ours lives and those who visit.